With the Lottery in the books, Chad Ford has already posted his first (of many) mock drafts over on ESPN. He has Portland taking Darren Collison with the #24 pick saying hte following:
“Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard’s perpetual search for a point guard continues. Last year, the team acquired lottery pick Jerryd Bayless, but it’s pretty clear that Bayless is more of a Ben Gordon type than a Steve Nash type. Collison’s quickness, penetrating ability, leadership and defensive talent would have to intrigue the Blazers.”
Things that make you go hmm…..
Me personnally, I’m about as far off the Collison bandwagon as possible. He got outplayed by Derrick Rose (aka sent back to college) and outshined by fellow guards the past two years (Westbrook and Holiday). I’ve seen him struggle in countless Pac-10 games against inferior talent to make me wonder if he’s the guy. Here is your chance readers to ‘talk me down’ and convince me that Darren Collison can work here. Fire away.